Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders


General Information
Megaesophagus is a condition in which the esophagus is enlarged and cannot properly propel food from the throat down to the stomach. Megaesophagus occurs less frequently in cats than in dogs. Pneumonia caused by inhaling pieces of food is a common complication of megaesophagus. Although the condition can appear suddenly in mature animals, it is most common in young animals shortly after weaning. It is inherited in Wirehaired Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, and possibly others.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Barium x-ray studies are often necessary to diagnose this condition. Both surgical and medical therapy may be used in treatment of megaesophagus, but cures are uncommon. The doctor will discuss the prognosis (medical forecast) for your pet.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.